ST. JOHN | Residents can check out the newly renovated Lake Central High School in St. John and the new Protsman Elementary School in Dyer at two upcoming open houses.
The high school open house is scheduled for Feb. 9. The event at Protsman is set for Feb. 16.
Both events will offer tours from noon to 1:30 p.m. for senior citizens and anyone who has difficulty moving in crowds.
Administrators will offer a 30-minute presentation at 2 p.m., followed by tours from 2:30 to 5 p.m.
Visitors should park in the high school’s southwest lot. At Protsman, park in the northwest lot.
The doors at Protsman also will be open to the public at 10 a.m. Feb. 8 for an auction of excess classroom items, such as desks, chairs and cabinets.
Items from the high school will go up for auction at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Work on the high school began in June 2012 and is divided into two phases. The first consisted of the academic wing, which stands three stories and houses about 100 classrooms, a 50-meter competition swimming pool and locker rooms.
The second phase will begin after demolition of the older, existing school and will include a building featuring a fine arts band area, a 1,000-seat auditorium, a large media center, a large gym, a wrestling room and administrative offices. Completion of the second phase is targeted for December 2015.
In other announcements, Superintendent Larry Veracco said he regreted the administration did not cancel classes districtwide ahead of Tuesday’s snowstorm. The weather system appeared headed toward Porter County about 7 a.m. but swung back west and settled over the area, he said.
“We should have been more flexible,” he said. “In the future, we won’t hesitate to cancel classes.”
In the future, the administration will make a decision by 5 a.m., rather than 5:30 a.m., on whether to cancel school in the event of an approaching storm.
Veracco said he responded to numerous calls and emails from angry parents and understood why they were upset.